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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

The PASS Speaker Agreement

I hope when you’ve read all of this post that you’ll think that I’ve added to the discussion and not fueled the fire.

The various posts and discussions and the time writing this (multiple drafts) have definitely caused me to re-examine my own views. I’ve found that some were simplistic… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 June 2016

MS Exams Increasing In Price

Just glanced through the MCP newsletter and see that the price of the exams (or at least the one I looked at) is increasing from $150 to $165. It’s hard not to question whether the exam is worth $165 (or even $150) – it just doesn’t have a lot… Read more

3 comments, 2,341 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 9 June 2016

The Road to SQLSaturday Orlando – 2016

This year I’ll blog sporadically on the event, focusing on pain points, discoveries, and new ideas with the occasional progress report.

  • Requesting the event # is much better than the last time I did it (years ago). More of a wizard, lets you set the exact location (though it’s a…

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0 comments, 195 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 May 2016

Events I Wish PASS Organized

I was talking a bit with a friend at SQLSaturday Jacksonville and realized I needed to write down a thought or two. I love the PASS Summit – its the great gathering of our craft. But I also long for specialized events to supplement both the Summit and SQLSaturday. Imagine… Read more

4 comments, 898 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 9 May 2016

Notes From SQLSaturday Jacksonville 2016

  • Everything ran smooth
  • The site reminds me of Orlando – limited space for sponsors, but offset by the other advantages (free venue, great parking, good rooms)
  • Lunch was 4 lines of real food and it looked like the max wait was in the 8 minute range (and less for many).…

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0 comments, 272 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 9 May 2016

Strengthsfinder Results

I recently took the Strengthsfinder evaluation and thought I’d save the results here.

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0 comments, 316 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 April 2016

How Two PASS Chapters Join Forces to Run One SQLSaturday In Orlando

We’re lucky enough to have two PASS chapters here in Orlando, oPASS and MagicPASS. Both in Orlando, but about 40 miles apart, Orlando being the metro sprawl area that it is. Back when we nervously made the decision to launch MagicPASS we also talked through the implications for SQLSaturday and… Read more

0 comments, 289 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 April 2016

A Speaking Sabbatical

Lately I’ve been thinking about taking a break from doing presentations. Not sure what triggered it – maybe just a sense of wanting some more time for other things.

I’ve been doing presentations on a regular basis since 2006. Before that it was once a year at PASS and maybe… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 April 2016

Notes From the April 19, 2016 Pinellas SQL Meeting

I drove to Clearwater (and back) yesterday to attend and present to the Pinellas SQL group. Misc notes from the trip:

  • Started my trip at 2pm because Tampa traffic is very heavy after 4. Crossing the bridge (it’s a long bridge) there was an accident on the other side, traffic…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 April 2016

Insurance For Events

Posting here mostly because I’ll need this link again sooner or later! We’re hosting our more or less annual joint meeting of OPASS & MagicPass this  month and the facility we use requires an insurance certificate. We use It was $105 for the one day certificate. Takes five… Read more

2 comments, 289 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 12 April 2016

SSC Editorial: Would You Move for a Job?

I won’t say never, but it’s unlikely I’d move for a job – my roots are here in Orlando and I like it that way, but things change, and certainly there are other points of view on the risk/reward calculation. I was struck by the comment that this is a… Read more

2 comments, 275 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 7 April 2016

Ben Miller Speaking to oPASS & MagicPASS on April 19, 2016

Register to attend this joint chapter meeting at

OPASS and MagicPASS are proud to present a special joint meeting with Ben Miller

TSQL is a necessity when interacting with SQL Server so knowing can be half the battle. Performance is always good as the database starts to grow,… Read more

2 comments, 278 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 6 April 2016

SSC Editorial: Is Powershell Intimidating?

Is Powershell intimidating? It’s an interesting question, though perhaps unfair – TSQL can be intimidating when you first start out too. I think we forget that sometimes, that learning something new can be scary, painful (and fun, and exhilarating).

And of course today MS announced Bash is coming to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 4 April 2016

If SQL Server Runs on Linux What’s Left for April Fools Day and A Journey Journey

It’s still a bit hard to believe that SQL Server will soon run on Linux. If you think back to the early days of SQL 7, 2000, even 2005, who would have bet any money on it ever happening?  It was a topic worthy of an April 1 post back… Read more

3 comments, 366 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 1 April 2016

2016 PASS Nominating Committee Announced

I was pleased to hear today that I was selected for the 2016 NomCom, along with Joaquin Romero, Erin Stellato, and Thomas LeBlanc. We’ll be working with the Nominations Committee (NomCom) Chair, Thomas LaRock, and Board representative, Tim Ford. It is a solid team and I’m eager to get… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 31 March 2016

Notes from the March 2016 oPASS Meeting

Quick notes:

  • Chinese food instead of pizza (thanks Shawn!)
  • The wine bar is doing some remodeling to make better use of the space we (and presumably others) use by adding a pass through window to the bar area. That’s good, but the downside is the route to the restrooms appears…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 March 2016

SSC Editorial: On Time, or Not

Is being on time important? I think that might be a revealing interview question. The answer might or might not be a deal breaker depending on the hiring manager or the culture, but just hearing how they answer offers some interesting insight into how they see the world.

The comments… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 March 2016

Last Day to Submit Your Letter of Interest for the 2016 PASS Nominating Committee

I submitted my letter just a few minutes ago. It’s a template, doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to fill out and send in. I’m curious to see if we have more volunteers this year than in previous years with the streamlined requirements.


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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 March 2016

Thoughts on the March 17, 2015 PASS Town Hall

I listened to most of the town hall today. The main topic was the just voted on changes to the NomCom selection process, with some related questions and conversation about why someone should serve, requirements, etc. I like the town halls – not as good as in person, but reasonable.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 March 2016

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